Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft

Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft

by Laura Tempest Zakroff

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ISBN-13: 9780738756103
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 80,759
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and Modern Traditional Witch. She holds a BFA from RISD (The Rhode Island School of Design) and her myth-inspired artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Laura blogs for Patheos as "A Modern Traditional Witch," for Witches & Pagans magazine as "Fine Art Witchery," and contributes to The Witches' Almanac. She is the author of the bestselling book Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols, as well as The Witch's Cauldron: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Vessels, and The Witch's Altar (co-authored with Jason Mankey). Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft is her fourth book.

Table of Contents

Contents

Illustrations / xvii

Foreword by Ivo Dominguez Jr. / xix

Introduction / 1

My Witchcraft Is … / 4

Warning: The Following Is Not Your Typical Book on Witchcraft / 5

Chapter 1: The History of the Modern Tradition of Witchcraft … 7
In the Beginning / 7
Founding a Tradition? / 10
But Modern and Traditional? / 16
What Is Traditional? / 17
What Is Modern? / 20
Keys to the Witch’s Path / 21
Witchcraft Today, from Yesterday to Tomorrow / 23

Chapter 2: Who or What Is a Witch? … 25
Defining Witch / 25
The Origin of the Witch / 27
Natural-Born Witch vs. Made Witch / 35
The Traditional Initiatory Path 35
Natural-Born Witch? 36
The Self-Guided Path 36
Going for the Title 37
In Summary 37
Religion, Spirituality, or Vocation? / 37
Participant or Practitioner? / 40
What It Means to Be a Witch / 41
Choosing the Word Witch / 42
What Is a Real Witch, Anyway? / 43

Chapter 3: A Path of Your Own Making … 47
Questioning Authenticity / 47
RITES: Defining Your Path / 48
Roots: The Call of Blood / 49
Inspiration: The Pull of Spirit / 54
Time: The Schedule of Person, Practice, and Place / 57
The Social Schedule 59
Your Body's Clock 59
The Lunar Cycle 60
The Solar Seasons 62
Schedule of Feast Days 65
Turning the Wheel of You / 66
Environment: The World Around You / 69
Star: Illuminating Your Path / 71
A Witch's Manifesto / 72
Choosing Your Threads / 74
Reconsidering Tools and Aids / 74
Practicing Alone or Working in Groups / 76
Do You Need a Teacher? / 79
Initiation and Dedication / 81
The Truth of Myth / 83
Age, Experience, Secrets, and the Fear of Missing Out / 85
The Dangers of Witchcraft / 88

Chapter 4: The Witch's Craft … 91
Secrets of the Uncommon Witch / 92
Observe and Obscure / 93
Listen and Speak / 93
Change and Rest / 94
Fear, Intuition, and Instinct / 95
The Reality of Magick / 98
The Colors and Levels of Magick / 100
Magick and Morality / 102
Riding the Waves of Magick / 104
The Art of Spellcraft / 106
Writing Your Own Spells / 114
Magick Is Not a Band-Aid / 116
The Crux of Cursing / 118
Weave Your Pattern Well / 119
Magick Follows the Path of Least Resistance 120
Mind the Fates 120
Words Have Power 121
Do I Need a Grimoire or a Book of Shadows? / 122
Lunar and Solar Correspondences for Spellcraft and Ritual / 123
The Ritual Arts / 124
Movement as Magick / 129
Creating Sacred Space / 131
The Spirit of a Place / 131
Altars and Shrines / 132
Sacred Geometry: Casting Circles, Squares, and Spheres / 133
The Seer: The Witch as Oracle / 134
A Craft of Your Own / 136
To Dare to Do the Work / 137

Chapter 5: Exploring the Liminal and Luminous Numina … 139
Witches and Liminal Exploration / 139
What Is the Liminal? / 140
The Spiral Overlay: The Shape of Everything and Gateway to the Divine / 143
Matters of Spirit / 144
Luminous Numina: Gods / 145
The Gods Made Us/We Made the Gods / 146
The Evolution of Gods / 147
The Gods Must Be Crazy / 149
Experiencing the Gods / 152
Choosing Gods—or Not / 154
Huffing the Gods / 157
The Gods Who Come with Us / 159
The Self Divine / 160
Familiar Spirits, Guardians, and Guides / 162
The Dead: Ancestors, the Mighty Dead, Ghosts, and More / 164
The Familiar Deceased 165
The Ancestors 165
The Mighty Dead 165
Other People's Dead (OPD) 166
Psychopomp 166
Ghosts and Residual Energy 166
Divine Influences: Dedication, Devotion, and Free Agency / 168
Revisiting the Sacred Feminine and Masculine / 169
The Crossroads: Dreams and Trance States / 170
Flying or Immediate Witchcraft / 172
Ritual Application: Conversing with the Gods / 174
Communing with the Dark / 177

Chapter 6: The Practical Witch … 179
The Witch and Society / 179
Working Alone vs. Group Work and Networking / 181
On the Web 183
Around Town 184
Regarding Commerce, Money, and Commitment / 184
A Witch's Guide to Essential Etiquette / 186
Your Word Is Your Worth 188
Don't Piss on the Seedlings—They Become Trees 188
Speaking of Trees, They All Can Be Felled 188
The Same Plant Can Heal or Harm, Depending on How You Interact with It 189
Don't Poison the Cauldron 190
What's Good for the Goose Is What's Good for the Goose 190
Follow the Intent 190
Threefold Literacy 191
Those Who Show Up Determine the Outcome— There Is No Absentee Ballot in Witchcraft 191
The Witch Is Not a Victim / 192
Universal Flow: Witches Are Like Jellyfish / 193
Are You a Good Witch? / 195
Breaking Oaths / 197
Real Energy, Real Experiences? / 200
Troubleshooting and Dealing with Fears / 201
The Fear of Not Knowing/Being Enough 202
Discrimination, Persecution, and Judgment 202
Negative Impacts from Spells and Workings 202
The Void 203
Getting Involved with the Wrong People 203
Going Mainstream 204
Attracting Malicious Spirits and Other Bad Stuff 206
We Are Aradia / 205
The Charge of the New Aradia / 207

Conclusion / 209

Acknowledgments /211

List of Resources / 213

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Sunshine1006 14 days ago
You are never too old to learn something new. I come from a long line of witches. We have evolved over the years and nothing is exactly as it was for the first ones. Reading this book has opened my eyes to many new experiences. Changing and renewing are part of that. There is a sentence in this book that goes something like "we are the weavers and creators". This is so true. We make who and what we are. So many subjects are touched upon. I was glad to see that Witch Wars was addressed. No one seems to want to talk about this subject or they don't realize that it is a reality. There are nine guidelines listed it his book to help prevent them. If these guides are used everyday, then it would do more than prevent them, it would make life in general easier. This is a down to earth book written in a style that anyone can understand and use. I highly recommend it. I received this book from Net Galley and Llewellyn for a honest review and no compensation otherwise.